Tag Archives: Republican Party

Establishment Republicans risk achieving a progressive dream

Source: Hawaii Reporter
by Frank Salvato

“One of the motivating factors of those who chose to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 General Election was his promise to affect the repeal of the Affordable Care & Patient Protection Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. … it is incredibly disappointing to hear that some establishment Republicans — including two traditionally thoughtful men — are floating the idea of not repealing the total of the law and, instead, ‘repairing it.’ Sens. Orin Hatch (R-UT), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), are espousing just that notion. They, along with usual suspect Republicans in Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), are providing the avenue to a catastrophe that Progressives and Liberal Democrats could have only dreamed of achieving: the fracture of the Republican Party and creation of a third political party.” [editor’s note: He says that last part like it’s a bad thing – TLK] (02/07/17)


HI: Fukumoto replaced as House minority leader, wants to leave Republican Party

Source: Hawaii News Now

“Hawaii’s Republican Party on Wednesday elected State Rep. Andria Tupola as House Minority Leader, hours after passing a resolution that ousted Rep. Beth Fukumoto from the leadership role. The change in leadership happened after Fukumoto said she was considering switching parties, a decision she says has not yet been made official. Earlier Wednesday, Fukumoto notified her constituents of her intentions but says she will let them decide if she should switch parties. … Fukumoto had said she was under pressure from the GOP after criticizing President Donald Trump for his treatment of women and minorities. Tupola said that wasn’t the case.” (02/02/17)


Republicans take first steps to kill five Obama-era regulations

Source: Reuters

“House Republicans on Monday began the process of killing five Obama-era rules on corruption, the environment, labor and guns under the first real test of the Congressional Review Act, a law intended to keep regulation in check. Republicans put as much urgency on limiting what they consider over-regulation that stifles economic growth as they do on overhauling the tax code and dismantling the Affordable Care Act, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. This is the first time the Republican-led House of Representatives has targeted specific rules since convening on Jan. 3. Earlier this month it passed bills to limit regulatory agencies and Republican President Donald Trump is cutting regulation through executive orders. Under the law, Congress can use simple majority votes to stop recent regulations in their tracks. Timing in the law means any rules enacted after May 31 are eligible for axing.” (01/30/17)


Why are Republicans backing Betsy DeVos?

Source: The Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“US president Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faces a great deal of opposition to her confirmation. Most of that opposition comes from Democratic politicians and Democratic organizations. But if both parties stuck to their stated principles and goals, the Senate would vote 100-0 against her nomination.” (01/27/17)


Congressional Republicans suddenly lose interest in executive overreach

Source: The Atlantic
by Russell Berman

“There were few things that infuriated congressional Republicans more during Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House than the words ‘a pen and a phone.’ They were shorthand for the president’s aggressive use of executive authority to go around a recalcitrant Congress and achieve his priorities unilaterally, whether on immigration, climate change, or how his administration implemented the Affordable Care Act. Republican leaders denounced Obama as ‘lawless.’ They tried to stop him legislatively, and when that didn’t work, they sued him. Now President Trump is pursuing a version of the same strategy.” (01/26/17)


Reagan redux? The federal budget battle shapes up

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The developing Trump plan is the usual tinkering around the edges, searching for ‘waste, fraud and abuse’ in ‘discretionary spending.’ Baby steps like that will never bring the budget into balance, but they’re still too much for Congress. ‘Discretionary spending’ is politicianese for ‘spending Congress uses to buy votes back home.’ … Some Republicans point out that a balanced budget is impossible without reforming ‘non-discretionary’ spending — Social Security, Medicare and so forth. They’re right. But they’re also making excuses: They won’t cut the spending that it’s easy to cut unless they can also cut the spending that it’s hard to cut, and come hell or high water they’ll find a way to lose the latter fight. We’ve been here before.” (01/23/17)


Trump calls key part of GOP tax plan “too complicated”

Source: Yahoo! News

“How President-elect Donald Trump might actually execute his policy promises is starting to come into focus. And one thing that’s clear is the typical complications lawmakers and citizens alike have come to expect from major pieces of legislation don’t seem likely to be acceptable to Trump. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump spoke out against one of the most contentious parts of the House Republican plan to overhaul the US tax code. According to the Journal’s report published Monday night, Trump called the border adjustment element of the House Republican plan ‘too complicated,’ adding that, ‘Anytime I hear border adjustment, I don’t love it. Because usually it means we’re going to get adjusted into a bad deal. That’s what happens.'” (01/17/17)


The GOP is trying to kill you

Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“The Purge movies revolve around a relatively simple premise: A shady regime—comprised almost entirely of wealthy white men—has come to power in a not-too-distant United States. Their hallmark policy is the titular purge, said to foster low crime rates and widespread prosperity via an annual night of cathartic bloodletting. At least that’s their side of the story. The way the purge actually works is that the wealthy (those who can afford to hire private militias) hunt down the poor for sport. Those in dire poverty, often communities of color, are most vulnerable. The middle classes, which can afford weapons, help pick off the poor or shutter up their apartments, praying that hired guns don’t come knocking down the door. The winners are the regime, and the ranks of the ultra-wealthy from which it emerged. The losers? Everyone else.” [editor’s note: Funny how this scenario has been alleged for decades, on a private island, only with both Ds and Rs allegedly shooting people, not just raping children – SAT] (01/06/17)


Congressional Republicans launch long-promised repeal of ObamaCare

Source: Washington Post

“Congressional Republicans launched their long-promised effort on Wednesday to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, even as they acknowledged that they may need several months to develop a replacement along conservative lines. Signifying how enormous a priority the issue is for the incoming administration, Vice President-elect Mike Pence met privately to discuss it with House and Senate Republicans. He offered no details afterward on what a new health-care law might look like but vowed to unwind the existing one through a mixture of executive actions and legislation. Meanwhile, President Obama made a rare Capitol Hill appearance, meeting behind closed doors with Democrats from both chambers. He urged members of his political party not to help the GOP devise a new health-care law.” (01/04/17)


GOP-style obstruction won’t work for Democrats

Source: USA Today
by Jesse Ferguson

“On Inauguration Day in 2009, top Republican leaders and strategists gathered for a private dinner at the Caucus Room restaurant to discuss how they were going to obstruct and derail Barack Obama’s presidency. It wasn’t a policy dinner about their ideological concerns, Robert Draper wrote in his 2012 book about the GOP-run House. It was a political dinner about obstruction as a tactic. Today, many Democrats (myself included) are asking whether our party leaders need to have a similar dinner on Jan. 20, 2017, to discuss how we can obstruct and oppose every move by the Trump administration.” (01/03/17)